I think mine is "It"- the idea for "Misery" is brilliant too (and I really enjoyed "Shawshank Redemption")...
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The Stand seems to win out with fans because of the length and breadth as well as engaging characters which as you point out is a strength of Misery- I think you do really care about Paul Sheldon, and writer as hero, how can you go wrong?!
I haven't got to Dark Tower, or King's Bachman books. Misery was second for me after Pet Sematary, they're great reading..
I recall enjoying the film version of "Insomnia".. He has indefatigable energy doesn't he- he's a writer's writer and then some, touching on varied subjects, if known for horror... He is a writer that's hard to keep up with- which is a compliment!
I read Insomnia. It was good but not as good as some of the other books
It does seem to be quite different for him, but he's written so much that there are a number of books you could say the same thing about.. Even "Under the Dome" seems like quite a departure in some ways...
Intriguing, I'll check out the opening on amazon and maybe it'll be added to my list... ;)
It's a 7 book series. King calls it his best work.
The cover (which I haven't seen in awhile) seems to suggest a story about a gunslinger travelling a dark and dangerous land..? I hadn't heard he said it was his best work, OK thanks for letting me know..
The Gunslinger is the main character throughout the series. I think he actually calls it his most ambitious work. He considers Lisey's Story to be his best. The first book of the Dark Tower series was written in the 70's. It really is fascinating
Ah OK, good to know that about Lisey's Story too.. Wonder if fan responses line up with his thoughts (sounds like it does with the Dark Tower..).
Fan responses favor The Stand and Misery.
Hmm seems so with some references to It (because of the engaging characters and the achievements in its sheer length..).
I enjoyed The Stand. Trashcan Man was quite a character. But there are so many post apocalyptic books and films, it sort of gets lost in the mix. I can't think of another book or series that parallels The Dark Tower series.
That is true in terms of the number of apocalyptic stories - I don't know of others that are as long but I'm sure they're out there...
Actually a couple books refer to the Dark Tower-two of them are Insomnia and Hearts in Atlantis
Yes The Stand is popular (and I haven't got through it as yet either)- I enjoyed the film though was iffy about its supernatural elements (though the supernatural elements in "It" I was fine with for some reason!). Maybe I'll try again-so many books!
Yeah I couldn't put it down either and it was the first one I read - at 10 or 11 or so, so it felt a little rebellious too haha..
Lol I would have had.nightmares if I read this when I was 11, I remember being scared of Micheal Jackson's Thriller video.
Well being scared of Thriller is fair enough... Just about anything or everything is scary in a way earlier on in life... They try to scare sense into us with fairy tales etc! It's all strange, new, sometimes terrifying.. ;)